This past curling season was a good one. Your board of directors worked hard and will continue to work hard this coming season to make your experience within the Curling Club an even better one.
A big thank you goes out to my fellow board members, they are the ones who make this all work and they deserve your recognition. I want to thank all the members who have volunteered this past year, especially when it comes to coaching our youth and hosting the two provincial championships. I would encourage all members of the club to step out of their comfort zone and help out in ways you haven’t already. We cannot make this club work without the members stepping up and volunteering.
I would also encourage all members to share their ideas with the board and help us make those ideas a reality.
On behalf of the entire board, I would like to sincerely thank our club manager Lynn for her dedication to this club and keeping this facility running so well.
I also want to thank Paul Doucet for all his hard work throughout the year. Installing the ice and maintaining it all season long is no easy task and he does it so well.
We are currently in a fiscally sound position, which is great news. However, we all know that we are operating very old equipment that is frankly on borrowed time. We need to continue working hard to raise money to be able to operate this facility year to year. Registration fees alone will not get us to the strong fiscal position we want to be in.
At the end of the last season, we were finally able to get our brand new dehumidifier installed and I hope you are all excited to be able to get out there this season with this new piece of equipment. I don’t get to give a thank you to them often, but I will thank our Provincial Government for their financial help in regards to the dehumidifier. A big thank you also goes out to Curling Canada and to all of those in the club for their donation of time and funds to make this happen.
We are hoping for a strong year ahead of us. We are looking to grow our membership and we need all our current members to help. Consider splitting up your current teams and allowing new and/or inexperienced curlers to join in. We need to be welcoming and open to change if we are to grow this sport in the community. Start talking to friends now about curling this year and encourage them to join you. Just as curling is a team sport so is growing the membership of this club.
We are hosting one provincial event this year: The U13 Jamboree. Even through this may be a junior event, we are looking for club members of all ages to step up. Whether you have kids or not is irrelevant. We want you to get involved and help out.
We are also looking to get more trained coaches within our club. Having trained coaches will help us expand our junior program even further and also allow the work of coaching to be spread between more individuals. I would encourage you to talk to Lisette or Nick if you are interested in learning more about what is involved in coaching.
As we continue to look ahead in regards to the future of the current club and the possibility of a new facility, I want to make you aware that there is currently a feasibility study underway. This study will determine the financial feasibility of an expanded Mariners Centre which would include not only a curling club but also a new facility for the YMCA. The feasibility study is expected to be completed this October and after the board has had the chance to review the results and discuss it internally as well as with the Mariners Centre Management Board, we will be looking to discuss it with the membership at large.
My final point will go to the hosting of the 2017 Canadian Mixed Championships. We are less than 8 weeks away from the start of this great event. We are into the countdown where everything is coming together and it will be here before we know it. I am pleased to report that a good number of volunteers are signed up, but we still need more. If you have not already signed up please do so. If you can’t volunteer, consider purchasing tickets and encourage others to do the same. The success of this event will lead to other, bigger events for our community. This is not just about hosting a curling tournament. It’s about creating a great event for the community and we need everyone coming together to do that.
Thank you… I am looking forward to getting back on the ice.
Rick Allwright, President
Yarmouth Curling Association.
April 15th, 2013
The ice is now gone from the curling shed and it has been transitioned into golf cart storage area.
I want to thank all who volunteered during the Canada Winter Games Qualifier #1, Provincial Stick Curling, and Special Olympic’s hosted by our club during the month of February. All of these events were well organized and our club received much praise for a job well done from participants and the President of Nova Scotia Curling Association. The economic benefit to the area for hosting the CWG Qualifier #1 and the Stick Curling is estimated at $90,000.00.
Although our club had a successful year in terms of provincial recognition and league play running smoothly we incurred expenses of $4,000.00 plus to repair the condenser and frozen heating pipes. These repair costs were not budgeted for and will negatively affect our bottom line.
Replacement cost of the condenser was estimated by Cimco at $14,500.00. The Curling executive identified its’ replacement as a priority to the Board of Directors last year however financing was not considered possible given the facilities indebtedness. Unfortunately delay in its’ replacement cost $3,000.00 in one repair this past curling season. Thankfully only minor migration of paint occurred before repairs were completed.
Yarmouth Curling Association currently has $5,000.00 to be put towards replacement of the condenser and needs your help in funding the remaining estimated cost of $9,500.00.
We had 95 adult members curling this past season and could achieve our cost estimate if each would make a donation of $100.00. This equates to sacrificing one medium Tim Horton’s per week for a year.
If you are able please donate. Cheques should be made payable to Yarmouth Curling Association and may be left with the club manager, Lynn, or given to YCA treasurer, Mary Surette. Any donation would be appreciated.
Replacement of the condenser must be done before the startup of our ice making system. Therefore if we are unable to secure sufficient funds prior to August 1st, 2013, its’ replacement will be delayed another season.
Fred Graham, President
Yarmouth Curling Association.
March 12th, 2012
As another curling season at the Yarmouth Golf and Country club draws to a close I ask that each member consider how your curling experience could be enhanced next season and about ways to attract more people to take up the sport of curling. All suggestions are welcome so please offer your suggestion to a member of the curling executive or by placing it in the suggestion box at the club.
Also, anyone who is interested in taking a turn as a member on the Yarmouth Curling Association executive please make your interest known.
I would also like to offer my thanks to the many volunteers who helped out over the past curling season.
Special thanks to our club manager Lynn for her dedication and personal sacrifices handling emergencies i.e. brine leak and oil tank leak, to keep things running smoothly. Thanks also to Paul Doucet for the excellent job maintaining prefect ice, our curling director Dave MacDougall for league scheduling and records keeping and our third vice-president Charles Bourque for being the unofficial photographer during curling events and maintaining our website.
We have incurred an unexpected expense of approximately $20,000.00 due to the oil tank leak and are still paying off the replacement of the header which occurred three years ago. The condenser needs to be replaced and we need to address the frost heave problem on ice one. So if anyone has a good fund raising idea it would be timely to make it known and to implement it. [I keep buying lottery tickets but lady luck has yet to smile on me.]
Our season will wrap up with the closing bonspiel the end of this month so please plan to participate.
Fred Graham, President
Yarmouth Curling Association.
November 23rd, 2011
Now that the 2011/12 curling season has commenced, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all new and returning members of the Yarmouth Curling club.
Thanks to all the volunteers, especially Al Thompson, Grant Trites, Dave MacDougall, and Paul Doucet who did a great job putting the ice in. I think you’ll agree the club looks great thanks to Mike Clough, Pamela Graham, Glen & Mary Surette, Glen LeBlanc, Al Mohle, John Cameron, Jason Murphy, Albert Whitaker and Greg Moulaison all of whom volunteered their time to help me with painting the curling shed and give it a fresh new look.
The opening bonspiel held on Saturday November 19th, proved to be a very fun event. Teams competed in three four end games and points were awarded to the winner of each end and game. Congratulations to Colin Fraser, Courtney Clayton, Pam Sanford, Liz Ainsworth for their first place finish, Aaron Sweeney, Chuck Stapleton, Jack Cann and Nick Kenney for their 2nd place finish and Wayne Newell, Joyce Cottreau, Al Mohle, and Eleanor Sanford for finishing third. The skills competition was also won by the Sweeney rink.
Dates to remember: Dominion Play downs December 2 & 3, Boxing Day spiel December 26th, Molson’s Men’s Qualifier #1 January 12th to 15th, (Ladies Bonspiel January 27th to 29th ), Yarmouth Curling club Men’s Bonspiel February 10th to 12th, Junior Closing March 24th, Club Closing Bonspiel March 29th to April 1st.
Al Mohle, Aaron Sweeney and Pauline Bullerwell are in need of help with the Junior curling program especially on Thursdays. So if anyone can help please step forward and offer your assistance to them.
All the best to everyone during league play. * “Foot firm and fair, Play to a hair; Your stone, if well directed, Will hit your aim, And win the game; If not, be not dejected.”
I encourage everyone take part in Fun Night’s and scheduled bonspiels in support of your club.
Any and all suggestions of what could be done to improve our club are appreciated. Your opinion matters to your curling executive.
We will be looking to fill several vacancies in our curling executive for the 2012/13 season. If you are able and interested in helping out please let myself or a member of the current executive know.
Fred Graham, President
Yarmouth Curling Association
*Curling Past and Present by W.A. Creelman, Sydney, N.S., published in 1950.